Resource Image Teacher’s Toolkit: Improving science instruction through effective group interactions

by: Rachael Parr
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Type of Resource: Journal Article
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Publication Title: Science Scope
Publication Date: 9/1/2007
Grade Level: Middle School


Cooperative learning is a popular teaching strategy in which groups of students work together to accomplish a common goal, aiding them in developing a comprehensive understanding of a topic or concept. This strategy enables students of diverse backgrounds to come together and share their own ideas and experiences. While not a new concept, cooperative learning may still intimidate teachers who are unsure of how to successfully implement such a practice while maintaining a well-managed classroom. Through careful planning and use of the strategies outlined here, teachers can create an optimum classroom environment for reaching all learners.

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Science Discipline: (mouse over for full classification)
Scientific habits of mind
Intended User Role:Curriculum Supervisor, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
Educational Issues:Achievement, Assessment of students, Classroom management, Curriculum, Inquiry learning, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies


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National Standards Correlation

This resource has 7 correlations with the National Standards.  

This resource has 7 correlations with the National Standards.  

  • Science as Inquiry
    • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • Think critically and logically to make the relationships between evidence and explanations.
      • Communicate scientific procedures and explanations.
  • Teaching Standards
    • Teachers of science plan an inquiry-based science program for their students.
      • Select teaching and assessment strategies that support the development of student understanding and nurture a community of science learners.
    • Teachers of science guide and facilitate learning. In doing this, teachers
      • Orchestrate discourse among students about scientific ideas.
      • Recognize and respond to student diversity and encourage all students to participate fully in science learning.
    • Teachers of science develop communities of science learners that reflect the intellectual rigor of scientific inquiry.
      • Display and demand respect for the diverse ideas, skills, and experiences of all students.
      • Nurture collaboration among students.

User Reviews

A Twist to Cooperative Learning
  Adah (San Antonio, TX) on May 24, 2011
  The author describes how she sets the environment for cooperative group work. The class discussion includes being polite to each other and helpful tips that if followed will help the group function as a whole instead of parts pulling at each other. She then describes the roles of the four member group: the encourager, the researcher/recorder, the equipment manager, and the assignment director. Students are given a role and each student gets a handout describing their duties. She uses the acronym CAR: collaborate, involve all members and record. This is a better and an interesting approach and like other articles in the journal, it is worth reading if you want to engage in cooperative, collaborative learning in your classroom.